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Everyone has a story. About losing someone close. About what it was like to have the conversation. About not talking about wishes until it was too late.

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Crossing Life’s Canyons

By Nettie
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Crossing Life’s Canyons: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive…so...

I had the conversation with my child .

My mom chose dignity, and found peace

By Benjamin
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Today marks two months since my mom died. In that time I have celebrated my daughter’s birthday, my wife’s birthday, Mother’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and many other annual celebrations. I watched my daughter finish...

I had the conversation with my parent .

The death of my only child

By Christina
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I am a divorced mom living over 900 miles away from my son who is in his last year of med school. He was hit by a car, had a massive head injury on a...

I had the conversation with my child .

The Greatest Gift

By Susan
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Both my parents have died, my father at 88 and my mother at 81. They led full lives with lots of love and many accomplishments. They chose their own way to die, both of them,...

I had the conversation with my parent .

Life Before Death

By John Martin
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Life Before Death Kathy Day, a Certified Professional Coach, recommended that I watch www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal. My wife and I were tending to a friend who was struggling valiantly to regain her life after heart surgery. I’m...

I had the conversation with my friend .

Trout Parable

By John
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This is an 11 minute video story (for children and parents) about “meaning,” told from the point of view of two trout who come to recognize that all life carries risk and must end… And...

I had the conversation .